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Jason Holland rules out Munster return — for now

Munster hero Jason Holland has ruled himself out of contention for the province’s impending coaching vacancy, preferring to develop his career with Hurricanes.

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Munster hero Jason Holland sharpening the teeth of the Hurricanes

As attack and backs coach at Super Rugby’s reigning champions the Hurricanes, Jason Holland has some pretty special talent at his disposal and as the former Munster hero sees it, there is no better place to be as he continues to cut his coaching teeth.

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Warren Gatland cartoon clown gag leaves red faces all around

There is a song by the Kinks called Death of a Clown, which seems rather apt in the wake of a New Zealand newspaper’s caricature of the head coach of the British & Irish Lions with white paint and a red nose.

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Courtney Lawes and Iain Henderson push their case to take on All Blacks

Hurricanes 31 - Lions 31: IF CJ Stander, Iain Henderson and Dan Cole had any hope of staking their claims to a place in Warren Gatland’s matchday squad for Saturday’s second Test against the All Blacks, it surely waned as the clock ticked past 75 minutes and they were still on the pitch, running themselves into the ground for the British & Irish Lions.

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Homebird John Plumtree misses those road trips with Joe Schmidt

If things had worked out a little differently, John Plumtree might possibly still be Ireland’s forwards coach, and still accompanying Joe Schmidt on unscheduled detours on the way home from Ulster matches.

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New Zealand's Brodie Retallick works out during the All Blacks gym session yesterday in Wellington. Picture: Brett Phibbs

Lions must stop another lightning strike to save series

The All Blacks had it, the Lions need to stop them getting it and fight for some of their own.

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